DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

Feb 23, 2024

Proving Misattributed Parentage With DNA Testing

Genetic genealogy can reveal surprises. Is a misattributed parentage in your tree or in that of your match? Learn how to find out.

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Feb 21, 2024

DNA Test Finds His Mother's Father and More

Three years after losing his mother, this man finds her previously unknown father and three of her siblings through a DNA test.

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Feb 19, 2024

OOPS! Accidental Incest with Unknown Sibling

This woman does a DNA test and discovers 22 half-siblings from the same fertility doctor. One of them was a man with whom she had been intimate.

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Feb 16, 2024

Pedigree Collapse and DNA

Pedigree collapse occurs when you descend from the same ancestor(s) through more than one path. When present, you may share more DNA than expected with another person.

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Feb 14, 2024

DNA Test Finds Sister 14 Minutes Away

Searching for his biological sister, this man finds a half-sister living in the same small town. Their kids already knew each other.

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Feb 08, 2024

Hackers Targeted DNA Testers with Jewish Heritage

More ugly news following the data breach at 23andMe. Hackers specifically targeted people with Chinese or Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and sold their data.

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Feb 06, 2024

Ancestry Moves Some DNA Features to Subscription

Some of the features that were included for all with an Ancestry DNA test now require one of two subscription types.

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Feb 02, 2024

Holocaust Survivor Orphaned as a Toddler Finds His Family

At 83, he did not who his parents were or his given name. He was a man without roots until a DNA match gave him a family.

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Jan 31, 2024

I Would Meet You Anywhere

That's the title of Susan Ito’s memoir. This book delves deeply into the origins of this half-Japanese adoptee.

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Jan 29, 2024

An Important Difference

Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy and Familial DNA Searching are both used in solving crimes. But they are not the same thing. Learn the difference.

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Jan 26, 2024

DNA Angels Interview

Diahan Southard interviews the founders of DNA Angels, a non-profit organization that helps adoptees find birth parents using DNA tests.

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Jan 24, 2024

DNA Resources for Adoptees

My DNA Favorites website includes extra pages for adoptees. One page explains how to find birth parents and siblings through DNA testing. Another includes more than 75 links to adoptee resources such as Facebook groups, books, websites, blog posts, and articles.

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Jan 22, 2024

An Update on DNA Segment Data

Once 23andMe removed access to shared matches and segment data, some other DNA testing companies followed. Jonny Perl of DNA Painter tracks the situation here.

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Jan 19, 2024

A Clear Explanation of Crossover in DNA Testing

Something called "crossover" can result in unexpected results in genetic genealogy DNA testing. This article explains why.

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Jan 17, 2024

Anonymous Sperm Donation Is Over

Genetic genealogy DNA testing has made it impossible for sperm donors to remain anonymous. Here's why that's a good thing.

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Jan 15, 2024

Woman Finds Biological Mom 50 Years After Being Placed for Adoption

This DNA success story was reported in People Magazine.

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Jan 12, 2024

A DNA Kit Changed Her Life

Conceived during a wartime romance, this woman finally identified her biological father and gained a large extended family.

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Jan 10, 2024

Useful Facebook Groups for DNA Testers

Facebook is the epicenter for discussions about DNA testing. Here are some of the most useful DNA Facebook groups organized by category.

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Jan 08, 2024

DNA Testing Changes Since 23andMe Problem

DNA testing companies have paused or deleted some features like those exploited at 23andMe. Roberta Estes has summarized the affected features by company.

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Jan 05, 2024

DNA Reveals Secret Egyptian Father

In a recent post, I shared part one of a remarkable journey that resulted from DNA testing. Now you can watch the conclusion in this video.

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Jan 03, 2024

Introducing AI Biographer for Genealogy

Now MyHeritage lets you create a Wikipedia-like biography for any ancestor using Artificial Intelligence and enrich it with historical context. Learn more here.

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Dec 29, 2023

New Genealogy Tool: AI Record Finder

MyHeritage has introduced the World’s First AI Chat-Based Search Engine for Historical Records. Learn more about it, see examples, and give it a try.

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Dec 27, 2023

Learn the Basics of Genetic Genealogy

What can you do with genetic genealogy? I answer that question and introduce the different test types on this new Wiki page.

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Dec 22, 2023

Learn About Ethnicity Estimates from DNA Tests

Ethnicity estimates often show unexpected results. Here's my summary of why this happens and what you can learn from such testing.

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Dec 20, 2023

Learn About DNA Matches in Genetic Genealogy

What can you do with the DNA matches you find from doing a DNA test? My page on the new MyHeritage Wiki provides a concise summary.

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